Have you tried the Mini Milk Carton Big Shot die from Stampin’ Up!? Yesterday I posted this cute project for the UDI color challenge.

I got mine not too long ago and started to play around with it.    My first few tries were a bit of a mess.  First I had to figure out the perfect sandwich to get it through my Big Shot so it cut in the right places and scored in the right places.   You may need to play a little too to get it just right – and then my suggestion is to stick a label on your die so you remember it for the next time you use it.  For my die and my Big Shot I ended up using this combination – starting from the bottom – cutting pad, piece of card stock for a shim, Mini Milk Carton die, piece of card stock that I’m cutting, Crease Pad.  This is the perfect combination for me but yours might be a little different.

After that it was the trial and error of actually assembling it with out turning it into a mess.  This is what I finally figured out and so far it works perfect every time.  I hope this makes sense to you.

first fold all the straight lines on the box and if you want to decorate the panels it might be easiest to do that while it is flat. Don't mess with those diagonal score lines at all.

The Tag punch is the perfect size for the Mini Milk carton – so any images that you have that fit the tag punch will make perfect decoration for the sides of this.

glue the tab to form the box shape and then glue the four flaps to create the bottom of the box. Then locate the two sides at the top with 2 diagonal score lines.

Take your hands and hold those two sides so that you can poke your finger in between the diagonal scores on both sides. As you push in on the two sides with your fingers close the top of the box.

Now your top is shut - for my example I have a mini library clip holding the top shut, but you could do a variety of other things. If you want to open it like a milk carton see the next picture.

One side of the top has score lines and tha is the side with the milk carton spout. So fold back on those two score lines.

Then push the spout open - just like you opened your milk carton when you were in elementary school!

So basically don’t mess with those diagonal score lines until you fold in the top and they take care of themselves to form the top of the box and the spout.

And now for the frosting on my cupcake – I used the Frost White Shimmer Paint and put a small amount in a plastic tray and then added a drop of Concord Crush ink refill.  I mixed them together – I actually used a q-tip to mix them together and used it to “paint” the frosting on my cupcake.

As for the little button – its the same as the one on the Birthday Bakery card I posted a couple of days ago.  I just threaded some frayed ribbon through the bitty button and attached it on top of a punched heart.

And one more thing – I will be at the Baltimore Stampin’ Up! regional on Friday – if you find me and tell me that you are one of my blog visitors I’ll have a surprise treat for you!  I hope to see you there!

Let’s play Bingo…..

It’s BINGO TIME!  We are playing Round 4 of Monika’s Blog Bingo.  I’m currently taking names for Round 6.   See this POST for more details on how to join, how to play and the Round 1, 2, and 3 winners.

Here is piece #2  –the floral image from Tiny Tags tamp set (stamped in Pear Pizzazz).